THE PENNY POST
By Andrei Codrescu
A few years ago, the Vatican was considering naming Saint Isidore of Seville the patron saint of Internet users and computer programmers. I read about the nomination on the Internet, but I havent heard a thing since. Did the Holy See make a final decision? Saint Isidore, who lived in the seventh century, is believed to have written the worlds first encyclopedia, The Etymologies, which included entries on medicine, mathematics, history and theology. He sounds Jewish to me, Saint Isidore. But whatever he is, whats his job supposed to be? Can he protect people from spam or carpal tunnel syndrome? Or bad jokes and misinformation? Are good Catholics supposed to hang an icon over their computer, or kiss a statuette of Saint Isidore every time they log on?
The Vatican first went online in 1996 at www.vatican.va. The site was powered by three host computers named after the archangels Raphael, Michael, and Gabriel. The Pope himself moved into cyberspace in 1998 and the worlds one billion Roman Catholics were able to hear and see him recite the Angelus prayers on Sundays and listen to his weekly audience on Wednesdays. A friend of mine told me that the Pope said one time that, The Pyramids are ancient abandoned shopping malls, or at least thats what he thought he heard him to say, because later my friend wasnt so sure. Maybe his Saint Isidore wasnt working.
Saint Cecily, the patron saint of television, hasnt been doing a very good job, either. TVs been getting worse since she was put in charge, and I havent seen a single icon of her anywhere, not even in Mexican airline offices where they got everybody else.
Are all saints useless or just these two?